*These first two poems were written in response to the war in Ukraine and first published on Twitter. They will appear in a new volume of poetry in September* The last poem is from Peter’s book ‘Louder Prayers’
The Poor Pariah
Where will the world go now without Russia –
without its complex weave of power and monstrosity?
Where will the world move to sit apart
from these endless instalments of misread glory;
from beyond this confusion of the rebirth of empire.
The philosophical conversation of war and peace
still burns in the anxiety of the Russian hearth –
with the crime and punishment of jealous blood,
where the vanity of conquerers justifies death.
We will need a place where their guns are silent
now we have found our own guns wanting or misplaced.
We will disguise our weakness with sanctions and aid,
while firing sterile criticism at logistical targets –
wounding ourselves with the backlash of expectation;
falling for the politics of jingoistic representation.
Mediocrity has been embraced by the crumbling West
and nursed to a position of fragile health.
We will conduct a proxy war of pompous psychology,
passing forth munitions from an imagined safety –
while always underestimating the crude march of ambition
and the patriotic fervour in the idiot soul.
And Death Shall Have No Opinion?
If I wear your flag on my lapel
will it help you win the futility of war?
Or will you be displaced by reckless courage –
buried beneath the illusion you were fighting for.
My badge of promises may not be secure;
it may lead you up a deadly path –
where the earth is scorched and the trees grotesque
and we all play dead in the aftermath.
A skein of geese crossed my path;
high in my window and heading north.
I was on a treadmill – ebbing into the future;
moving like a time machine –
moving like a V shape.
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“Bio: Peter Hague has written and studied poetry for most of his life and now has a number of books available including ‘Gain of Function’ and ’Summer With The Gods’. His main occupation was Creative Director in the field of advertising and design. He has a dedicated web site at https://peterhague.com and a digital art site at http://e-brink.co.uk He posts frequently on the web @PeterHague”
The latest book from Peter Hague is 73 poems that is an exploration of a poet. As he deals with last efforts in trying to figure out this whole universal perspective. What is the cause of these constant twirls around the sun each day? What makes sense and doesn’t? How does a god or “gods” see and do they judge now or do they let you figure things out? These poems have been worked on for 5 years and it shows Peter (the poet’s progression) in trying to solve his own answers. With a unique pattern of word formations that could only be Peter Hague’s poetry, he is able to keep you guessing on where the poet is heading with finding out his ultimate answer. The book has 5 phases to work through “Visitations, Rumours, Obstacles, Encryptions & Reprisals. Beginning with a wonderful observational poem through a mind searching and determining “A Watcher-god” explores how a god can either be the cause of beauty, yet overlooking to see what everyone does with that beauty, and even yet determines whether you pass a judgment or deemed an invitation. Peter’s language is impeccable and imagery in this journey is like reading a fiction novel at times trying to figure out where this journey is leading to. The moon perhaps? Just as magnetic is the poetry in this book.
Peter is influenced by wonderful writers such as T.S. Eliot, Leonard Cohen, Philip Larkin, Emily Dickinson, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, Kathleen Raine among others. You can see layers of these great writers in the crust of Peter’s writings. They laid down the footprints in sands for him to walk in and seep in what is left of their genius he picks up in his journey.